1908 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

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1908 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
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Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1908 record 6–3 (4–3 SIAA)
Head coach John Heisman (5th season)
Captain Chip Robert
Home stadium Ponce de Leon Park
Seasons
← 1907
1909 →
1908 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
LSU + 2 0 0     10 0 0
Auburn + 4 1 0     6 1 0
Vanderbilt 3 0 1     7 2 1
Tennessee 3 2 0     7 2 0
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     6 3 0
Georgia 2 2 1     5 2 1
Alabama 1 1 1     6 1 1
Sewanee 1 1 1     4 1 3
Mississippi A&M 1 3 0     3 4 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     3 5 0
Mercer 0 3 0     3 4 0
Clemson 0 4 0     1 6 0
Nashville            
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1908 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 1908 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. J. R. Davis was selected All-Southern. Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin wrote, "He has one glaring fault—a tendency to tackle around the eyebrows. Otherwise he is a splendid foot ball man. He weighs two hundred pounds, is never hurt, never fumbles, bucks a line hard and furnishes excellent interference. He was the strength and stay of Tech."[1]

Before the season[edit]

The University of Georgia attacked Tech's recruitment tactics in football.[2] UGA alumni incited a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association investigation into Tech's recruitment of a player UGA had recruited as well. The Georgia Alumni claimed that Tech had created a fraudulent scholarship fund, which they used to persuade the player to attend Tech rather than UGA.[2] The SIAA ruled in favor of Tech, but the 1908 game was cancelled that season due to bad blood between the rivals.[2]

Schedule[edit]

The team in action.
Date Opponent Site Result
October 3 Gordon* Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA W 32–0  
October 10 Mooney* Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA W 30–0  
October 17 Mississippi A&M Ponce de Leon Park • Atlanta, GA W 23–0  
October 24 Alabama Ponce de Leon Park • Atlanta, GA W 11–6  
October 31 Tennessee Ponce de Leon Park • Atlanta, GA L 5–6  
November 7 Auburn Ponce de Leon Park • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) L 0–44  
November 14 Sewanee Ponce de Leon Park • Atlanta, GA L 0–6  
November 19 Mercer Ponce de Leon Park • Atlanta, GA W 16–6  
November 26 Clemson Ponce de Leon Park • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) W 30–6  
*Non-conference game.

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